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Hey guys...I just picked up my XC yesterday and love it already! I rode an '07 Jackpot before but needed something a little more comfy for the wifey for those longer rides!

Anyways...I had the dealer install the Stage 1 kit w/Big Mouth Tips and this weekend I am going to swap some of the multi-fit pieces I had on my Jackpot over to the new XC. I would like to smoke my turn signal lenses and am looking for a few opinions on the best way to do it! The only tinted lights I can find are from HMD and they are waaaay too dark for my liking! I was wondering if anyone knows of any vendors that offer a lighter smoked lense for the front and rear turn signals and brake light? If not, does anyone know of a vendor that offers clear lenses that I can then spray with VHT nightshades?

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Not sure on the XC but take a look at http://www.noemtz.com/ ...he has clear / smoked lenses for many Vics also a forum member.
Thanks ED...But for the XC's right now..... HMD is the only place right now. If your looking for a light tint...VHT would be the way to go.
 

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Thanks ED...But for the XC's right now..... HMD is the only place right now. If your looking for a light tint...VHT would be the way to go.
Yeah that's what I figured. I don't want a dark tint...just a smoked look. I figure that 2-3 coats of VHT Nightshades should do the trick. Has anyone out there used nightshades on their lights before? I'm just trying to figure out whether I should sand down the lenses with a fine grit paper before spraying in order to get better adhesion.
 

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I'd be real interested on how this goes.
Are you smoking the original orange lenses?
Or, did you find some clear ones?
 

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I'd be real interested on how this goes.
Are you smoking the original orange lenses?
Or, did you find some clear ones?
Yeah I'm real interested on how this is gonna go too lol! I can't see it causing too much of a headache...I know guys do it with their car's lights all the time. I know that some people that do their cars with nightshades sand down the housing first whereas others don't.

I'll be smoking the original orange lenses if I do it. Like NOEMTZ said, the only available lights of any sort available are the super dark tinted ones from HMD. I think smoking the orange signals will look pretty good though...I've seen a Vision with the front amber turn signals lightly smoked and it looked awesome.

I'll just have to build up some bravery before I go through with it because I can only imagine that OEM replacement lenses are probably stupid expensive!
 

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Like most of the guys here you don't say where you live, Shame on you.
Here in Mn. the cops can stop you for smoked headlight tail light and License plate. Most of us don't do it cause we have a drink or two and don't need to meet any one with a shinny badge on there chest.
So check your laws before you get screwed.
 

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I'm more interested in clear covers.
Then maybe slightly tinting them. But, anything to get all the orange signals and reflectors would really clean up the bike to me...
 

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Like most of the guys here you don't say where you live, Shame on you.
Here in Mn. the cops can stop you for smoked headlight tail light and License plate. Most of us don't do it cause we have a drink or two and don't need to meet any one with a shinny badge on there chest.
So check your laws before you get screwed.
visionjohnny...sorry about that! I have my location listed now haha. I only signed up a couple days ago and didn't get around to it yet. I'm from Halifax, NS. Around here the cops don't seem to bug people with smoked lights as long as it's not really dark. I know a few guys with smoked headlights, taillights and signals on their cars and have never been hassled...tinting your windows on the other hand is another story...the law has no tolerance for tinted windows!

I'm more interested in clear covers.
Then maybe slightly tinting them. But, anything to get all the orange signals and reflectors would really clean up the bike to me...
Henry...I'd say we'll have to wait a little longer for clear signals and brake lights as the crosses are still so new but you're right...anything to get rid of the bright orange! Go to the Arlen Ness website and you'll see the vision with the smoked amber signals...it looks pretty sharp! As for the reflectors...I'm just going to take them off the forks and saddle bags. I think theyre only held on by a glue kinda like badges on cars. A hair dryer, fishing line, and goo gone gets rid of them pretty easily! It really makes a huge difference in the look of the bike!
 

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Now I need to find out, if it is legal in my state to remove the reflectors from the forks and saddlebags... wac
 

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Yeah that's what I figured. I don't want a dark tint...just a smoked look. I figure that 2-3 coats of VHT Nightshades should do the trick. Has anyone out there used nightshades on their lights before? I'm just trying to figure out whether I should sand down the lenses with a fine grit paper before spraying in order to get better adhesion.
I would use a (very fine) scuff pad...or wet sand with some 1500-2000 grit. You don't really need to sand it...just create an adhesion surface for the VHT. Basically taking the shiny off of the lens.
 

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Do you spray the inside or outside of the lens?

I have some orange tinted Baker Air Wing lowers I sprayed jet black on the inside so I could easily clean the bug splatter off the front and they now look black.

I used a fine-medium Scotch Brite pad to scuff it first for paint adhesion.
 

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I would use a (very fine) scuff pad...or wet sand with some 1500-2000 grit. You don't really need to sand it...just create an adhesion surface for the VHT. Basically taking the shiny off of the lens.
This is my plan I think.

Do you spray the inside or outside of the lens?

I have some orange tinted Baker Air Wing lowers I sprayed jet black on the inside so I could easily clean the bug splatter off the front and they now look black.

I used a fine-medium Scotch Brite pad to scuff it first for paint adhesion.
I'll spray the outside of the lens. The nightshades product is weather resistant so spraying the outside shouldn't be a problem.
 

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I did a little research on the
VHT Nightshades product and one of the reviews said it looks better (shinier) when followed up by a couple layers of clear coat. Makes sense to me. I use a rattle can clear high temp stove paint on lots of stuff to give them a tough coating. Been working very well so far.

I think I'll try this product as well.

Is it available at most auto parts stores or is it best to get it online?
 

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i did my tail light on my pickup.

we did a nice even wet sand with 1000 grit. sprayed a couple coats, giving time for each coat to dry then the same with some coats of clear(when in doubt add a couple more). let it sit for several hours to kinda harden then wet sanded again with a 1000grit to a satin finish, then wet sand with 2000grit to a nicer satin finish, then the rubbing compound(keep it wet, if it dries while you buff, its a pain) same with polishing compound, then to wax and we got a glassy finish out of them.

2 things
1. they lighten up ounce you start sanding alittle even though your only sanding the clear.
2. the more clear you have the hard it will be to break through, if you break through and sand the shade it will come out patchy, if you dont clear at all, it will be almost impossible to sand so even that it is equal all over.
 

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Just shot my turn signals with the VHT nite shades. Looks killer, no sanding, just cleaned the lenses with wax and grease remover. Sprayed the outsides and it dries to a smooth black finish. I put on 4coats so my lenses are fairly black however when the turn signal is applied the lamp still lights up amber.
 

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I stopped by one of the auto parts stores in my area and as luck would have it; they had this product in stock. I got the last can though.

I'll be giving it a go soon but will lean toward keeping it light.

I figure I can always add a coat or two later if need be. Much easier that taking it off, aye.

Thanks again to whomever had the idea.

-B
 

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Like most of the guys here you don't say where you live, Shame on you.
Here in Mn. the cops can stop you for smoked headlight tail light and License plate. Most of us don't do it cause we have a drink or two and don't need to meet any one with a shinny badge on there chest.
So check your laws before you get screwed.
Nice thing about living in one of the last 4 states to be added to the Union is we are very far behind in terms of silly laws. (AZ, NM - 1912, HI, Alaska, - 1959)

Then again; AZ has the most strict DUI laws in the nation currently. Go figure, aye.

You don't need a concealed weapons permit to carry concealed here as long as you aren't a felon though. Guns are as common here as, well, I don't know. What's so common; everyone has one where you live?

Back on topic; I don't even think turn signals are mandatory here. Gotta have the license plate on the back though. That just started this year. Can't have it off to the side one way or the other. I think the cops made a big deal out of it saying it was too hard to read them when they are hanging off the axle sideways on one side.
 

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Just shot my turn signals with the VHT nite shades. Looks killer, no sanding, just cleaned the lenses with wax and grease remover. Sprayed the outsides and it dries to a smooth black finish. I put on 4coats so my lenses are fairly black however when the turn signal is applied the lamp still lights up amber.
Awesome...Got any pics? I'm planning on going with a light coat so it looks more like a smoked lense than a blacked out one.

Nice thing about living in one of the last 4 states to be added to the Union is we are very far behind in terms of silly laws. (AZ, NM - 1912, HI, Alaska, - 1959)

Then again; AZ has the most strict DUI laws in the nation currently. Go figure, aye.

You don't need a concealed weapons permit to carry concealed here as long as you aren't a felon though. Guns are as common here as, well, I don't know. What's so common; everyone has one where you live?

Back on topic; I don't even think turn signals are mandatory here. Gotta have the license plate on the back though. That just started this year. Can't have it off to the side one way or the other. I think the cops made a big deal out of it saying it was too hard to read them when they are hanging off the axle sideways on one side.
I stopped by one of the auto parts stores in my area and as luck would have it; they had this product in stock. I got the last can though.

I'll be giving it a go soon but will lean toward keeping it light.

I figure I can always add a coat or two later if need be. Much easier that taking it off, aye.

Thanks again to whomever had the idea.

-B
No problem BBob...I had an idea that would be unique on an XC/XR and now I'll be the last to do it haha! I'm planning on a couple light coats as well.
 

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Pete's Tinted Tails google em

i used the med but may send em back to get them done a littler lighter. Guys tell me they are a bit tough to see on bright sunny days........
 
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